Merry Monks' Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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3.69/5 rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Weyerbacher = Creepy Label Art. Yes, that has been my conclusion about this brew for years. Creepy clown on the beer label staring at me with a sinister gleam in his eye? Pass. Goofy-looking monks with weirdly curved ears giving me a disturbing look while other menacing monks fiddle in the background? Nope. However, I finally decided to ignore the poor marketing and try...THE BEER. Here are my results... .
Appearance 4.0: Pours out a beautiful golden color with a nice 1/2" head. The head quickly faded, but there are lots of tiny, bottle-conditioned bubbles all over the place in this beer. Certainly qualifies for the "outstanding" category.
Smell 3.5: Very pleasant, but subdued bouquet. Lots of hints of Belgian yeast and spice, along with a slight boozy aroma.
Taste 3.75: Front is sweet on the palate, with a slightly sour, slightly yeasty taste. Middle is where a certain sour taste dominates, but it is well-balanced by the treacly sweetness also present. In the Finish, the spice and yeast pop up and hit you right in the middle of the palate, which is a good thing. The taste at this flavor level is one of slight spiciness, along with a very light and dry yeast flavor. Aftertaste is short, dry and refreshing.
Mouthfeel 3.50: Bottle-conditioned carbonation was spot-on and complementary.
Overall 3.75: I have to state that my initial reservations about this brew, -based on the creepy label art-- were unfounded. Very good Tripel and very refreshing take on a standard and popular style. Very good beer and a dangerous one. Why? Because this is a dry, refreshing and light on the palate Tripel that is NINE POINT THREE PERCENT ABV. That's why I typed it in all caps, folks. Be very careful with this bad boy, because it can creep up on you.
Serving type: bottle
09-27-2013 05:01:46 | More by BeerDocT
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3.96/5 rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
1 pt 9.4 fl oz bomber from CM poured into a tulip glass.
A - Pours a cloudy orange with a one finger head. Decent retention.
S - Bready grains, banana, clove, candied sugar
T - more of the same, with a smattering of alcohol heat, and touches of a mild fruit juice/apple cider. The sugar sweetness becomes more prevalent as beer comes to temp.
M- fairly sharp in carbonation, but mellows as it warms. Dry finish.
O - A solid tripel. Been drinking a large amount IPAs lately (including my first HT on a trip to Northeast) so this was good balance to that. Recommended.
Serving type: bottle
03-10-2014 01:03:54 | More by Apellonious
3.63/5 rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Want to like because I love this east coast brewery's Imp Stout. Top rated.
So I came back after a bad first bottle and upped my review on a 2nd
A: Good looking pinpoint head and cloudy body. Avg retention and lacing. (not like a Belgian)
S: Smell is the best part. Lots of pear and orchard fruit with some overripe banana and lots of spice—cloves and coriander. Some bread and cracker with pepper too.
T: Follows the orchard smell: Apples, pears, bananas, bits of peach and plum. Peppery and clove offset the sweetness, but a bit too sweet. No real hop tingle or yeast earthiness. (balance is missing... too perfumey and sweet.)
M: Medium bodied, not enough tingle, definitely "Face Warming" as one review wrote.
O: I immediately went for strong cheeses to off set this one, like a dense huntsman, gouda, or comte. Enjoyed it with cheese and you will too as an AFTER DINNER, LATE NIGHT SIPPER.
FIRST REVIEW FOLLOWS
this tripel failed the 1st time for me. a 3.2
A: Bottle poured into pint glass left a wide bubble, quick failing head with no lacing. A second aggressive pour resulted in a short lived head. The body looks like unfiltered apple cider off the press. Lots of particulate, that apple press color.
S: More medicinal than any good trip. The alcohol, sugars, sweetness overwhelms, along with too much clove. Industrial, not organic. Fail.
T: Stale apple and banana black peel. then lots of clove and cookie dough, the alcohol dominates from thence on, resulting in the sweet sugary, bubble gum, candy rack finish. A bit cloying and too much alcohol.
Mouthfeel: Heavy, cloying, coating. Not inviting, not appetiizing. Had to try some Robusto cheese, but gave up. Not a food beer. Too high ABV and sugar results in sticky mouth finish.
Overall: A remake please! It's over the map; aggressive, boozy character, way too much sweetness and zero yeasty complexity or mystery. Unsubtle.
Serving type: bottle
03-01-2014 01:44:16 | More by Act25
Merry Monks' Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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